RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – Billed as a comedy, ‘The Interview’ has garnered so much publicity and controversy that for some people, it’s more than a film. Movie-goer Desirae Donnell considered watching it an act of patriotism.

“We wanted to express our freedom of speech. We were able to watch a movie without being censored,” said Donnell.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the movie’s release after there were generalized threats made against people who went to see it. Then the company changed its mind after the FBI said North Korea hacked into Sony’s web server and released embarrassing company emails.

The movie is about two journalists and the CIA who plot to kill North Korea’s Supreme Leader.

Donnell’s husband Blain said, “It feels good to see the movie and kind of stick it to North Korea, and watch a movie they made so much effort to keep us from seeing.”

He was one of several movie-goers had fun taking pictures with a life-size cut-out of North Korea’s dictator at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson.

The theater had a patriotic-themed menu. So after all this — how was the movie? Those CBS11 News spoke to gave it mixed reviews.

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The Alamo Drafthouse said all of its showings of “The Interview” were sold-out on Christmas.

Besides theaters, Sony also released the movie online.

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